Posts Tagged ‘Classical Performance and Composition’


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Doyoung Park wins first prize at the 2022 New York International Classical Music Competition

August 8, 2022

Thornton Keyboard Studies program master’s student and pianist Doyoung Park won first prize at the 2022 New York International Classical Music Competition in the solo music category for musicians ages 19-29.


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When Dreams Become Reality

August 4, 2022

Thornton Strings Department Alumna Karoline Menezes Has Performed with Stars Like Beyoncé and Billie Eilish.


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Daniel Gee named music director of Santa Barbara Youth Symphony

August 4, 2022

Choral & sacred music alumnus Daniel Gee (MM ’15, DMA ’20) was named music director of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony. Gee also serves as the director of choral activities and an assistant professor of music at Westmont College in Montecito, California.


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Katelyn Vahala named a prize winner at 2022 International Bach Competition

August 1, 2022

Thornton Keyboard Studies Department doctoral student Katelyn Vahala (’18, MM ’21) was named a Bach prize winner in piano at the 2022 International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition held July 12-23 in Leipzig, Germany.


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In memoriam: Vincent DeRosa

July 28, 2022

The esteemed musician, who died at 101, set a playing standard that continues today.


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Anni Hochhalter releases album with WindSync

July 28, 2022

French horn performance alumna and international chamber musician Anni Hochhalter (’05) released the album “All Worlds, All Times” with the wind quintet WindSync on the New York label Bright Shiny Things on April 29.


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H. Robert Reynolds conducts works by Frank Ticheli and Giovanni Santos at Boston University Tanglewood Institute

July 25, 2022

On July 31, former principal conductor of the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble H. Robert Reynolds conducts works by USC Thornton Professor of Composition Frank Ticheli and Thornton alumnus Giovanni Santos (MM ’07) at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.


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A series of diverse, live events ushers in the fall 2022 semester at USC Thornton

July 20, 2022

A series of diverse, live events ushers in the fall 2022 semester at USC Thornton.


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Garrett McQueen named American Composers Orchestra’s director of artist equity

July 18, 2022

American Composers Orchestra (ACO) has appointed bassoonist, radio host and USC Thornton alum Garrett McQueen (MM ’12) as its new director of artist equity. According to a press release, McQueen will “play an essential role in the documentation, evaluation and dissemination of ACO’s 40-year history of composer discovery and development, driving composer advancement and programming… Continue reading Garrett McQueen named American Composers Orchestra’s director of artist equity


Josh Kun named interim dean of the USC Thornton School of Music

July 13, 2022

The award-winning music historian, critic and curator will temporarily lead the school.